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Hack Your Library: Engage Students in Information Literacy through a Technology-themed Competition

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Engaging Students with Creativity and Innovation

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Engineering Libraries

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Lindsay Anderberg New York University

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Lindsay Anderberg is the Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Librarian and Poly Archivist at New York University Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MSLIS with a concentration in rare books and special collections from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science. She holds a master’s degree in science studies from New York University’s John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Dickinson College.

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Matthew Frenkel New York University Orcid 16x16

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Matthew Frenkel is the engineering librarian at NYU's Bern Dibner Library, and an adjunct faculty in Mechanical Engineering at NYU Tandon. He is a member of the ASEE Engineering librarian division (ELD). Matthew's background is in the experimental study of optical whispering gallery sensors, but his current research interests are in how undergraduate and graduate engineering students develop their professional skills.

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Mikolaj Wilk New York University

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Engineering Reference Associate at Bern Dibner Library

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Hack Dibner is a library competition for engineering students focused on information literacy, technology, and user experience. The challenge statement was “To enhance user experience in the library through technology.” Students were allowed to participate as individuals or as teams, and were required to submit three deliverables throughout the semester: an initial concept, a written proposal, and a presentation. These deliverables required the students to perform a literature review to support their project ideas and to practice crafting and delivering effective presentations. To hold the students’ interest throughout the semester, the library scheduled five engagement activities. These ranged from librarian-hosted information literacy workshops to faculty research presentations. The written proposals and presentations were scored by a committee of judges to determine the contest winner. The success of the competition was evaluated through a focus group of student participants.

In this paper we present an overview of Hack Dibner, as well as a starter kit for other libraries. A timeline of the competition, marketing materials, and contest templates are presented to help librarians organize their own version of the contest.

Anderberg, L., & Frenkel, M., & Wilk, M. (2019, June), Hack Your Library: Engage Students in Information Literacy through a Technology-themed Competition Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32883

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